Local gifts that bring some heat

For those who love spicy food, there is no shortage of options in the Kansas City area. And here are a few hot items to use as stocking stuffers or to put under a tree this year.

Your search for spice should begin with Original Juan (111 Southwest Boulevard, Kansas City, Kansas). The specialty foods purveyor sells a huge variety of hot sauces, and with brands like Pain Is Good and Da’ Bomb, these are the kinds of hot sauces that nuke your mouth. Da’ Bomb’s The Final Answer rates at 1.5 million Scoville units — the measure of heat in a pepper — while The Source is 7.1 million Scoville units.

The Scoville scale is capped at 350,000 units, which means these are literally off the charts in terms of spiciness. For comparison, a poblano pepper is about 1,000 Scoville units and a jalapeno is around 2,500.

Categories: A&E, Dining